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Find out how to apply to an undergraduate degree programme at the Faculty of Laws

How to apply

Applications for admission to the LLB degree programmes at UCL Laws must be made online through UCAS. Applicants must then take the LNAT as soon as possible after submitting their UCAS application.

UCAS

To apply to UCL Laws you must submit your application by the 15 January UCAS deadline. We will not consider any applications submitted to UCAS after 15 January.

When you apply through UCAS, you will be able to track the progress of your application and stay up to date with responses from universities as decisions on your application are made. The UCAS website is also excellent source of information and advice for students applying for degrees.

National Admission Test for Law (LNAT)

All applicants to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL Laws must take the LNAT as soon as possible after submitting their UCAS application, and must take it no later than 20 January in the admissions cycle in which they are applying.

You must register for the LNAT before the 15 January.

It is your responsibility to register and book the LNAT as soon as possible to ensure that you can get a test slot by the deadline.

You can register to take the LNAT at a test centre near you: the LNAT has 500 test centres in 165 countries around the world.

You must link your LNAT registration to UCL, failure to do so could mean that your application is unsuccessful due to missing results.

Please note that applicants who register for the LNAT just before the registration deadline may experience difficulties obtaining an available test slot by 20 January due to high demand.

If you do not take the LNAT by the 20 January deadline, your application will be regarded as a late application, and therefore we would not be able to consider you for a place on one of our LLB degree programmes, even if your original application was submitted by the UCAS deadline of 15 January.

For more information please read our FAQ page

About the LNAT

The LNAT is used alongside standard methods of selection such as your A level results (or an equivalent qualification), your UCAS application and admissions interviews, to give a more accurate and rounded impression of your abilities.

The LNAT measures the verbal reasoning skills at the heart of legal education, including: 

  • comprehension
  • interpretation
  • analysis
  • synthesis
  • induction
  • deduction

The LNAT is a two-part test. The first part includes multiple-choice questions based on passages of text, and the second part requires you to answer one of three essay questions. The LNAT is a computer-based test, and lasts for two hours and 15 minutes.

When you have completed the test, your scores from the multiple-choice section are checked by computer, and a mark out of 42 is created. This mark is known as the LNAT score. The essay section of the test is not marked, however, both the LNAT score and essay will be supplied directly to the participating universities. Your results from the LNAT are then used to supplement your university application and demonstrate your aptitude for studying undergraduate law.

You can’t revise for the LNAT, however, you may find it helpful to familiarise yourself with the style and the format of the test before you take it. The LNAT website provides lots of resources and information to help you prepare for the test and what to expect.

Find out more about how to register and book on the LNAT website

Entry requirements

Please note that all of our LLB programmes are heavily over-subscribed, therefore, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee for gaining admission. Please also ensure you read all the information on this page, including the Frequently Asked Questions section before submitting an application.

We are unable to accept A level resits unless the first attempt was impacted by extenuating circumstances.

A levels must be fulfilled in the same sitting. A*AA awarded over two different years, for example AA in one year and an additional A* the following year will not satisfy our entry requirements.

In addition to your academic qualifications, you must also complete the National Admissions Test for Law, the LNAT.

Further information about admissions can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section and we recommend you read these.

Academic entry requirements

For more application information for UCAS programmes, including further information about entry requirements, visit the following UCL Prospectus pages:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you are required to show that your command of the English language, both spoken and written, is adequate to meet the demands of the degree programme. UCL demands that applicants should be able to demonstrate an ‘Advanced’ level of English.

UCL’s preferred English language qualifications are GCSE English Language and the British Council International Language Testing System (IELTS). Requirements for these qualifications and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are:

  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language: pass at grade B.
  • IELTS: overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
  • TOEFL: 109 overall with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening

A full list of the other acceptable qualifications can be found on the Acceptable English language qualifications page of the UCL Prospective Students website.

In accordance with UK Visas and Immigration requirements, students who require a Tier 4 Visa to enter the UK must meet these English language requirements.

Accepted foundation qualifications

Birkbeck Certificate in Legal Method
An overall grade of 70% (Distinction overall).

King’s College London International Foundation Programme
Successful completion of the programme at grade A, with a final mark of 75% in the Optional Subject. Final mark of B+ in the English language component is acceptable proof of English language proficiency.

Queen Mary University of London International Foundation Programme in 1) Social Sciences , Law, Arts and Humanities and 2) Science and Engineering
1) Social Sciences , Law, Arts and Humanities 
Completion of the programme with Distinction (70% average) with at least one module at 70% and remaining modules at 65%
2) Science and Engineering Successful completion of the Programme with Distinction with 80% in at least two modules of the same subject and at least 70% in all remaining subject modules

Royal Holloway University of London University Foundation Programme
Please enquire with the Laws Admissions Team for specific requirements
Pass required in the IELTS component at UCL English Language ‘Advanced’ level. The UCL Advanced level is equivalent to IELTs overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

SOAS International Foundation Programme/Intermediate Certificate Course in Comparative International Studies
Successful completion of the programme with 67% overall, with a minimum of 72% in one optional subject and a minimum of 67% in a second optional subject. Pass in the Intensive English for Academic Purpose/Study is acceptable proof of English language proficiency.

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
Award of UPC for Humanities or Science and Engineering with an overall mark of 70%, plus  76% in one elective unit, and 70% in a second elective unit.

University of Warwick International Foundation Programme
A*AA : Distinctions in all modules, with 85% in at least one module and 80% in one further module.

University of London Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law
Successful completion of the programme with minimum 60% in each module.

No other foundation courses or foundation years meet the benchmark or general entrance requirements.

International student visas

If you come from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and wish to undertake undergraduate study in the UK, you will need to apply for a visa. You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa up to 3 months before the start of your programme of study, however we recommend that you start to familiarise yourself with the immigration requirements as soon as you decide to apply for university in the UK to ensure that you can be fully prepared for the visa application process.

We strongly recommend that you read the information regarding the application process on the UCL International Office website and the UK Visas and Immigration website before you begin your application.

Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)

A CAS is a 14-digit reference that is given to you by UCL and confirms to the UK Visa and Immigration Service that you are a genuine student.

If you are made an offer to study at UCL Laws and it is expected that you will need to a visa to study in the UK, we will send you an email asking you to log into the UCL Portal to confirm the personal details we hold for you.

It is important that all the names that appear on your passport are included in our records (the order of the names does not need to match that on the passport, as long as they are all present). If your current passport is due to expire before the end of your studies, it is important to check with the relevant visa application services whether you need to renew your passport before confirming your details with UCL and making your visa application.

We are only able to provide a CAS once an applicant is in receipt of an unconditional offer that has been firmly accepted via UCAS, and only once we have been provided with proof of the necessary academic qualifications and English language proficiency.

Please note that we are only able to issue a CAS 90 days prior to enrolment on the degree programme. It is for this reason that we do not begin this process until late June.

UCL will assess your English language proficiency as part of the admissions process. However, as part of your visa application, you will also have to demonstrate evidence of sufficient funds to pass a maintenance test and of your educational qualifications, academic progression and English language proficiency by providing proof of your results, for example, your school-leaving certificates.

Please see the UCL English language requirement webpages for further information (please remember to look under Advanced for the level required for the LLB degree programmes).

    What qualities are tutors looking for?

    Students on our undergraduate degree programmes come from many different backgrounds, and bring their diverse experiences and ideas to UCL Laws. However, when you apply to study with us, our tutors will be looking for you to demonstrate three key qualities for success in legal education:

    • Motivation: you can apply yourself to different tasks and have the ability to engage with sustained and intense work.
    • Reasoning ability: you can analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches, draw fine distinctions and separate the relevant from the irrelevant. You can make accurate and critical observations, and present your ideas through sustained and cogent argument. You can think laterally and demonstrate your creativity and flexibility of thought.
    • Communication: you have a willingness and ability to express your ideas clearly and effectively, your able to listen and give considered responses.

    Tutors will be seeking to detect your future potential as a law student. Your existing achievements (which can be demonstrated by your official examinations, predicted examination results, and school reports), as well as performance in the LNAT and in some cases, your performance at interview, is relied upon mainly as evidence of future potential. Your personal statement and your academic reference play a very important role in assessing your suitability to study law.

    UCAS provides lots of helpful advice and information about writing your personal statement, visit the UCAS website to find out more.

    If your first language is not English, you will also have to demonstrate that you can meet UCL’s English language requirements. In the case of applications to the LLB Law with a European Legal System degree programmes (M141, M142, M144 and M146), you will also need to demonstrate your proficiency in the language related to the programme you have chosen.

    Existing knowledge of the law is not a requirement for admission.

    Interview process

    If you have applied to one of our LLB Law with a European Legal System degree programmes, and we are considering making an offer to you, we will invite you to attend an interview in order to assess your competence in the language of your programme.

    If you have applied to the main LLB Law programme, and we have identified your application as requiring particular consideration, we may invite you to attend an interview as part of the application process.

    The purpose of the interview is to assess your suitability for the degree programme to which you have applied. At interview, you are expected to demonstrate that:

    • you have an interest in the world of ideas and topical, moral, political and social issues
    • you are able to reason cogently
    • you can express your views with clarity
    • you are motivated to engage in the study of law

    Your interviewers will be looking for evidence of these general qualities that are expected of a successful applicant to the LLB Law undergraduate programmes. Your knowledge of the law is not being assessed at this stage and will not be considered at your interview, so please don’t worry about knowing everything before you arrive!

    To explore your motivation for the programme and to help put you at ease, your interviewers might ask questions about your interests and hobbies. UCL Laws has a very active student community, so your general accomplishments may be taken into account in considering the contribution you could may make to the extra-curricular life of UCL Laws and UCL overall.

    Fees & Finance

    Home/EU students

    UCL’s tuition fees for 2019 entry are set at £9,250 per year for UK and EU students for all undergraduate programmes. Tuition fees for 2020 entry may be higher.

    You are not required to pay up-front fees. You can apply to the Student Loans Company for a Tuition Fee Loan and your fees will be paid directly to UCL on your behalf.

    Loan repayments are only made once you have left university and are earning over £21,000 per year. You pay back 9% of everything you earn above the £21,000 threshold; for example, a person with an income of £25,000 would pay back 9% of £4,000, that is £360 a year or £30 a month (figures correct at time of publication).

    International students

    For 2019 entry, UCL’s tuition fees (per year) for overseas undergraduate students applying to LLB Law programmes are £20,640 per year.

    UCL has implemented ‘Fixed Fees’ from 2018/19. The Overseas fee values published below, unless otherwise indicated in the fee notes for each programme, are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme. For example, International (Overseas) students starting the LLB Law in 2019/20 will pay £20,640 in 2019/20, £20,640 in 2020/21 and £20,640 in 2021/22.

    Entrants in 2020/21 or later (including deferred students) will pay different fees which will be published in August 2019.

    Key information on tuition fees can be found on the Fees and Finance pages of the main UCL website.

    The most up to date information on the tuition fees at UCL can be found in the Money pages in the UCL Current Students website. Select the Fee Schedule for the required year to find out what you will be expected to pay for your tuition for that academic session.

    If you enrol onto one of our undergraduate programmes with a year abroad in Europe (LLB Law with French Law, LLB Law with German Law and LLB Law with Hispanic Law), you will have a different fee structure to students on the LLB Law degree programme. For the years where you are based at UCL (years one, two and four), normal UCL fees will apply. During your year abroad, you will pay a reduced rate to UCL, and no fees at all to the host institution, but may be required to pay registration fees.

    Students who successfully transfer onto LLB Law with Another Legal System (Australia or Singapore) in their second year of the LLB Law programme will also pay a reduced fee rate for their year abroad.

    If you are studying on our double degree programmes, LLB English and German Law with the Universität zu Köln, the dual degree with HKU and  the LLB Law/J.D., you will be required to pay tuition fees to UCL for the first two years of the programme (when you will be based at UCL). During the final two years of your degree programme, the overseas institution will set your tuition fees and you will pay your fees directly to them.

    Information regarding Columbia Law School tuition fees will be circulated in advance of the transfer application process being opened to students at the start of their second year.

    Funding and scholarships

    The UCL Prospective Students website has lots of information about bursaries and scholarship opportunities available to undergraduate students. UCL Laws also offers a number of undergraduate scholarships exclusively for our students.

    The Bentham Club Scholarship

    The UCL Laws alumni group, The Bentham Association, was launched in 1949 as a means to maintain and strengthen relationships with former students to engage their active support for UCL Laws.

    The Bentham Club Scholarship marks the continuing contribution of the UCL Laws alumni community to student life in the faculty. It is a testament to the history of the Bentham Association, and to the strong links between UCL Laws alumni and our current students.

    A scholarship of £1000 will be awarded to a second, third or fourth year LLB student as a contribution towards their living expenses. The student should have a good academic record, have made a contribution to the life of UCL Laws, show outstanding promise and be in financial need.

    If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, you should submit a personal statement explaining how you satisfy the above criteria and why you think should be awarded the scholarship.

    Submissions should be made to the Undergraduate Office via email to ug-law@ucl.ac.uk.  A shortlist of eligible students will be forwarded to a selection panel who will make the final decision.

    Application deadline: Monday 7th January 2019

    The Mishcon Bursaries

    Due to the generous support of the Mishcon family, a fund of £2000 is available for the provision of the Mishcon Bursaries each year.

    The Mishcon Bursaries are awarded to deserving first year students and are renewable for a further two, or three years subject to the students’ satisfactory academic performance. Individual bursaries will not normally exceed £400 per annum.

    The bursary award is based primarily on financial need, although academic performance (including performance in the mid-sessional examinations), attendance and other contributions to the life of the faculty during the student’s first term will also be taken into account.

    To apply for this scholarship, you should send a covering letter addressed to Karen Scott, UCL Laws Undergraduate Programmes Director, as well as a supporting letter from your UCL academic mentor, a teacher from your previous school, or another appropriate person.

    In addition, you will also need to supply:

    • Evidence of your financial position and that of your immediate family. This will normally include copies of bank statements, a letter from a parent or guardian and evidence of the financial position of anyone who might otherwise be expected to provide financial support. This evidence can include bank statements, tax return forms, tax credit award notice, P60.

    You should send your letter (and ask your academic mentor to send a supporting letter) and your financial information to ug-law@ucl.ac.uk 

    Application deadline: Monday 28th January 2019

    Please note that late applications will not be accepted. If you do not provide the supporting documentation described above, your application will not be considered. Information regarding successful applicants will be communicated during the spring term of 2019.

    Leonard Sainer Scholarship

    Leonard Sainer was a law graduate of UCL (1929 – 1932) and went on to become a prominent City solicitor, the director of a number of public companies and a generous philanthropist. He passed away in 1991.

    The Foundation, which was set up in his memory (and which is administered by Dechert LLP), funds two scholarships each year at UCL to be awarded to final year law students (completing the LLB or LLM) or students who graduated in the 2017/8 academic year (LLB or LLM). The selected students must intend to practise law in England and Wales on a permanent basis – preferably one as a Solicitor, the other as a Barrister. Each scholarship will be in the amount of £15,000 and used towards the cost of full-time courses leading to final professional examinations, LPC or BPTC (currently approximately £15,400 [LPC] or £18,500 [BPTC] per annum).

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you should be able to demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

    • financial need or other instances of hardship;
    • a commitment to practise away from the large City and regional law firms and Commercial and Chancery chambers (which usually offer financial support) and instead to focus on social welfare law areas including family, criminal, immigration, housing law, etc;
    • the likelihood of achieving at least a 2:1 degree in the LLB examinations or a Merit in the LLM examinations;
    • Right to work in the UK.

    Application Procedure:

    Interested students must submit their applications by 4pm Friday 8th February 2019. Applications are to be submitted to the reception of Undergraduate Office - Bentham House on the Third Floor. The applications must take the form of:

    The application must take the form of:

    • A completed
    • You should ensure that the ‘Additional Information’ section of the application form explains:
      • why you wish to  become a solicitor or barrister;
      • what area of law you would like to practise in;
      • the evidence of your commitment to practise away from the large City and regional law firms, Commercial and Chancery chambers and instead to focus on social welfare law (for example, details of paid or unpaid work experience/pro-bono work and/or law firms/chambers to whom you intend to apply to undertake your training contract or pupillage.
    • An academic reference (preferably from UCL but not necessarily so) which should indicate whether, in the referee’s view, the applicant is likely to prove a worthwhile member of the legal profession;
    • Satisfactory evidence of the financial position of both the applicant and the applicant’s immediate family. This will normally include copies of the applicant’s bank statements for the last 6 months, a letter from their parents or guardian and evidence of the financial position of anyone who might otherwise be expected to provide financial support.

    A shortlist of candidates will be selected who will be invited to interview in June 2019 (date tbc). The shortlist should aim to comprise two candidates intending to become solicitors and two intending to go to the Bar, but only if this is practicable and reflects the merit of the candidates.

    The final awards will be made by the panel comprising, inter alia, representatives of the Faculty of Laws and representatives of the Leonard Sainer Foundation. In reaching its decision, the panel may use its discretion to waive, modify or add to all but the first of the above criteria. The award will be paid directly to the course provider. If no suitable candidates apply, no awards will be made. The award may not be deferred.

    Application deadline: 4pm Friday 8th February 2019

    E Bufton Bursary

    A bursary of £600 is available to a first-year LLB student.

    Application is by letter addressed to Karen Scott, Director of Undergraduate Programmes which should be submitted to the Undergraduate Office by email to: ug-law@ucl.ac.uk.

    The letter should:

    • explain the candidate’s financial need for the bursary (only those in serious need will be considered)
    • in no more than 100 words make an observation about some aspect of the candidate’s experience of student life so far (originality is encouraged).

    A small number of students will be invited to a very short interview in February 2019. Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 21st January 2019. The bursary is provided with no formal strings attached, but successful candidates are encouraged to donate an equivalent sum back to the fund whenever in the future they feel able to do so, in order that the work of the fund may continue to expand.